ComCom publishes draft ruling on UBA

30 Aug 2007

New Zealand’s telecoms regulator the Commerce Commission (ComCom) has published its draft recommendations on pricing and terms and conditions for allowing rival operators access to former monopoly Telecom New Zealand’s Unbundled Bitstream Access (UBA) services. The regulator is now conducting an industry-wide consultation for comments on its proposals. UBA services will allow alternative operators to deliver a range of broadband products to residential and business end users. Its recommendations would enable altnets to take services from the incumbent without need for a separate commercial agreement, says TelecomPaper. ComCom has formulated prices for an entry-level service and two higher-end alternatives. The basic service is priced at NZD27.70 (USD19.30) per month for line rental with local access. The 40kbps enhanced service costs NZD34.93 per month, while the 90kbps service costs NZD43.96. The two higher level services allow for the provision of high quality VoIP and other real-time services over broadband networks. The regulator’s closing date for submissions on its proposals is 26 September. The final determination is expected to be published in December.

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